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U.S. Carbon Emissions Up Nearly 4 Percent - Why?

U.S. Carbon Emissions Up Nearly 4 Percent - Why?

Many were encouraged by the 7 percent drop in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions in 2009. But as the American economy rebounded in the following year, so did greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent report . U.S. carbon emissions rose by 3.9 percent in 2010, which is the greatest increase since 1988, according to an annual report from the Energy Information Administration . Carbon emissions declined in three out of the four previous years, and this marks the first increase in emissions since 2007. The EIA said several factors may be to blame for the atypically large increase. Many factories that were hard hit by the economic downturn began to resume manufacturing last year. Manufacturing increased by 5.8 percent from 2009 and the overall gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 3 percent, according to the EIA. While an upturn in the economy may be the easiest scapegoat ...

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